That’s what we call a slam dunk. North Nashville’s Watkins Park will have a brand new outdoor basketball court tomorrow, June 15 when it’s unveiled at the “Hoops and Hope Celebrating Black History and Community” grand opening event. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the community is invited to attend basketball clinics + play games and activities.
The collaboration between Vanderbilt University, Pepsi, Hoopbus, and Metro Parks is part of a larger initiative promoting community engagement and physical activity in Middle Tennessee + organizers will collect new or gently used youth sports equipment for community center programming.
As for the court, it honors the late Perry Wallace, a member of Vanderbilt University Men’s Basketball and the first Black player in the Southeastern Conference. The court will also feature a mural recognizing North Nashville’s contribution to local and national civil rights progress. An additional mural is in the works for Watkins Community Center.